Dubai Design Week is delighted to be working with Bee’ah as its sustainability partner for 2018.

Working together on a range of activities that have minimal or no environmental impact, the partnership builds on past work to demonstrate the power of design to re-think the use of materials, explore new approaches and develop more understanding about recycling, re-use and technology developed by UAE’s most pioneering companies.

The partnership will see Bee’ah supporting a range of projects, events and installations with sustainable solutions, in addition to undertaking the waste management and recycling aspects for the largest event, Downtown Design.

As a key part of the programme, the first ever Bee’ah commissioned design project is set for its debut in Dubai Design District during Dubai Design Week. The piece, designed by UAE-based designer and educator Ammar Kalo, will become a permanent installation at Bee’ah’s Waste Management Centre in Sharjah.

Abwab, Dubai Design Week’s annual exhibition, installation and cultural experience, which provides a high-profile platform for regional design talent, has benefited from Bee’ah’s support in past editions. This year, the structure – designed by UAE based Architecture & Other Things is constructed using twigs and branches, all supplied by Bee’ah, to demonstrate alternative approaches to waste upcycling.

The live programme at Dubai Design Week will also feature high-quality contributions from Bee’ah, including workshops led by the in-house education team, exploring design and re-use, with two sessions taking place on Thursday, 15 November. See here for more details. In addition, Dr Hashem Stietiya, Head of Environmental Consulting at Bee’ah, will be appearing on stage as part of a session on Circular Economy, within the Bee’ah supported ‘People, Planet, Profits’ conference on sustainable design, during the Main Stage programme.

Bee’ah is also supporting others who are staging activities as part of Dubai Design Week: not least the Audi Innovation Hub, which has been designed by Middle East Architecture Network (MEAN*). The dramatic structure will feature crumb rubber tiles, produced by Bee’ah, through the processing of discarded vehicle tyres, using cryogenic technology.

Also benefiting from Bee’ah’s waste collection and commitment to re-use is the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Sharjah, who have conceived a pavilion structure that uses weaving ropes in a Mashrabiya style pattern; the installation will form part of a series of experimental architecture in The Block at d3.

Finally, Bee’ah is working with the team at Downtown Design; the region’s most influential design trade show and heartbeat of Dubai Design Week, to make it one of the most environment-friendly exhibitions in Dubai. Staged on the d3 Waterfront at d3, the fair will feature recycling opportunities, including Bee’ah’s reverse vending machines, which visitors can use to recycle plastic bottles or metal cans, to receive an entry into a monthly draw and win valuable prizes. Bee’ah is also supporting the cleaning, waste collection and recycling for the show, reflecting the overall theme of livable cities.

Bee’ah’s work with Dubai Design Week reflects the company’s commitment to creating a better quality of life for all cities and communities in the region, through supporting a circular economy, and a growth strategy that is centred on sustainability.